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Ramson Pesto

Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

 3 Handfulls Ramson leaves
 1 Zest and Juice of one Lemon
 100 g Sunflower Seeds (You can substitute the seeds for cashews or pine nuts if you prefer)
 1 Clove Garlic
  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  Salt and Pepper to taste

.First lightly toast the sunflower seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat


Allow to cool a little and then place them in the food processor with the garlic clove to blitz – I like my seeds finely ground but you can leave with chunkier bits if preferred


Remove and keep to one side.Then add the ramson leaves, lemon zest and juice to the food processor and pulse for a minute or so until a rough paste has formed.


Add the ground sunflower seed and garlic back in and pulse again until mixed.


Leaving the processor running, drizzle the olive oil in until well combined. You may need to stop and scrape the sides of the mixture back down. Keep drizzling the oil until you have a good uniform consistency – for this amount of leaf you are probably going to use somewhere in the region of 150-200ml of oil.


Have a taste – remember that it will mellow once it’s sat in the fridge overnight, so don’t be overly concerned if it tastes a little sharp. Add some salt and pepper to taste.


Put in an air tight container such as a Kilner jar and keep in the fridge. We find it will keep well for several months – if it lasts that long!